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Blueprints for Belonging: Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities March

March 12 @ 1:00 PM 2:00 PM CDT

Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities March

Blueprints for Belonging: Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities March

Tuesday, March 12, 2024

  • Pacific: 11am-12:00pm
  • Mountain: 12-1:00pm
  • Central: 1-2:00pm
  • Eastern: 2- 3:00pm

Discover the essentials of starting your own intentional community with March’s Blueprints for Belonging: Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities featuring Jan Martin Bang

This event series is crafted for emerging community founders, offering direct access to practical advice and insights from experts in the field. Led by Cynthia Tina, who brings her experience from visiting over 200 communities worldwide, each session features one-to-one interviews with community consultants, founders, and educators.

This is more than an event series—it’s a launchpad for future community leaders.

“Blueprints for Belonging” zeroes in on the practical aspects of community building. Our guests share real-world experiences and actionable strategies, covering everything from legal setup and financial management to culture building and governance. This series is an invaluable resource for anyone at the beginning stages of creating a community, providing a roadmap to avoid common mistakes and implement best practices.

The format encourages active participation, with opportunities for the audience to ask questions and engage directly with speakers. This interactive approach ensures that you can get specific advice relevant to your project.

About Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities March

What you get from this conversation:

  • Learn the basics of starting an intentional community
  • Understand legal and financial requirements
  • Discover how to build a positive community culture and effective governance
  • Learn conflict resolution techniques
  • Explore strategies for sustainability and self-sufficiency
  • Connect with other community founders and experts

About this Month’s Guest Speaker

Jan Martin Bang, Conversations on Creating Intentional Communities March guest speaker

Jan Martin Bang

Jan, a Fellow of the Findhorn Foundation, was born in Norway and grew up in England where he was active in the Cooperative and Trade Union Movements in the 70’s. He moved to Israel in 1984 and was a kibbutz member for 16 years. Since 1993, he has worked on environmental projects within the Kibbutz Movement. This took Jan on extensive travels within the region, teaching Permaculture courses and visiting ecovillage type projects in Egypt, Turkey, Cyprus and the Palestinian areas.

Jan moved to Solborg Camphill Village in Norway in the year 2000 with his family, and worked on educational projects with people with special needs, and with administration of the Camphill Charitable Trust in Norway. He also started and edited the Norwegian Camphill quarterly magazine, “Landsbyliv” (Village Life) for its first 11 years.

Jan has worked with the Global Ecovillage Network since it was established in 1995, first as a contact person in Israel, later as a contributor to the book “Ecovillage Living”, published in 2002. He has written many articles for commune, community and ecological periodicals over the last three decades, and contributed papers to international conferences on community and ecological issues.

In 2006, Jan gained his Diploma in Permaculture from the Nordic Permaculture Institute based on his work in education and community building. He has been active in the Norwegian Permaculture movement since 2001, as a member of the Board, and as Chair. Jan has also been an active member of the Norwegian Ecovillage movement, as Board member and sometime Chair of the Kilden Charitable Trust. Jan is currently on the Board of the newly founded Norwegian Permaculture Diploma Guild, and has held dozens of Permaculture Foundation Courses (PDC) in several countries, including Norway, Israel, Scotland, Latvia, Iceland and Spitzbergen.

He has been connected to the International Communal Studies Association (ICSA) since its founding conference in 1985, and in 2010 was elected Chair of the Association. Jan was part of the organizing team for the 2013 ICSA conference on Community and Sustainability, held at Findhorn in Scotland. He also been part of the organizing team for the 2022 conference in Denmark and the 2024 digital conference.

About Your Host

Cynthia Tina

Cynthia is a leading consultant in the field of intentional communities. She’s the founder of CommunityFinders, offering programs to help people join and start residential communities. She’s also the founder of Ecovillage Tours, bringing people on inspirational journeys to regenerative communities around the world. Cynthia has visited more than 150 intentional communities globally, including the Vermont ecovillage where she lives in her self-built passive solar home. 

Formerly a Co-Director, Cynthia is a partner and educator with the Foundation for Intentional Community. She’s a former trustee of the Global Ecovillage Network and former Director of the youth ecovillage network, NextGEN North America. Cynthia holds a degree in Sustainability from Goddard College, as well as certificates in Permaculture and Ecovillage Design, and Yoga Teacher Training.

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